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Review: Paprika (2006)

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Fig. 1 Paprika (2006) Movie Poster/DVD Cover
Satoshi Kon's Paprika (2006) is a Japenese animation that is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel of the same name. It's story revolves around one device - The DC Mini. This device allows the user to look at someone else's dreams. When such device is stolen from, it is up to the Title character to retrieve it. Through it's complex narrative structure, it forces you to pay attention to everything that is happening, although it will still require another viewing to fully comprehend it.

Fig. 2 Paprika
If you're familiar with Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010), then this film will be somewhat easier to understand. However, Paprika is so much more mind-bending and obscure than Inception could ever intend to be. Of course, the fact that it's an animation allows for the dream sequences to be so much more surreal, but even the meanings and structure of said sequences are a lot more unique. We are taken to many…

Review: Mary & Max (2009)

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Fig. 1 Mary & Max (2009) Movie Poster Adam Elliot's Mary & Max (2009), in many ways, acts as an oxymoron. Although, at it's heart, it's quite a cute tale between two completely different people who find comfort in their communications, and with the film having some fun moments in, it does demonstrate some dark messages with some equally disturbing moments to match. These opposing components make for a fascinating experience, which you shall not forget in a hurry.  Fig. 2 Mary As the title suggests, the film focuses on two characters - Mary and Max. We are introduced to Mary when she is still only a child - living in Mount Waverley, Australia. She is very lonely and has had/is having a troubling childhood, and with having no one to confide with, life is a very difficult for her. Max is a morbidly obese 44 year old Jewish man who lives in New York. There are certain parallels between his and Mary's life, as he too had a troubled childhood and finds l…

Review: Airplane! (1980)

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Fig. 1 Airplane ! (1980) Movie Poster
Airplane! (1980) is an American comedy that was written and directed by all three of Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker - The people behind "The Naked Gun" Franchise. Airplane! is regarded, by many, as one of the greatest film comedies of all time. Upon first viewing, it's humor lies in it's complete unpredictability. Often acting as a spoof of other film genres and disaster movies, Airplane! has turned into a true comedy classic.
Fig 2. Playing trumpets
Through the famous collaboration of the three Writers/Directors, we are also accompanied by Leslie Nelsen, who has starred in many of the Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams' films.Although he is by no means the main character, he offers some very memorable scenes and quotes to the film. Through it's extreme use of slapstick comedy, you simply don't know what's coming next. It uses visual comedy very regularly and so is quite easy to understand. If you…

Review: Carrie (2013)

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Fig. 1 Carrie (2013) Movie Poster
Kimberly Peirce's Carrie (2013) is the second film adaption of Stephen King's novel of the same name. This modern take on it's source material demonstrates Hollywood's lack of ideas and takes one it's most memorable and well regarded horror films, from 1976, into the 21st century cinema.
Fig. 2 Carrie (Played by Chloe Grace Moretz)
Chloe Grace Moretz plays Carrie in this film and so this is a much different choice of actress in comparison to the 1976 version, where Sissy Spacek played the lead role. She is an attractive actress and so her "weirdness" and obscurity is in her actions and how she speaks and dresses. Because of her appearance, though, it feels a little strange that she is segregated from everyone at her school and doesn't have anyone to protect her or talk to her. Despite this, it is clear that all is not as it seems with Carrie. It becomes clear in the film that her extremely religious Mot…

Opposing Characters: Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

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Fig.1 Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) Movie Poster
 This "revie" is focusing on the opposing characters, as the title says, and so this isn't a film review, necessarily.
Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004) is a brilliant continuation of the story that we became so engaged with in the first film. Tarantino draws on influences from many kung fu movies, and in doing so creates a memorable conclusion to this tale. Roger Ebert said in his review that Kill Bill: Volume 2 is "an exuberant celebration of moviemaking, coasting with heedless joy from one audacious chapter to another, working as irony, working as satire, working as drama, working as pure action." - (Ebert,2004)
Fig.2 The Bride (Or Beatrix Kiddo [Played by Uma Thurman])
The film follows on directly from the last, but still allows new viewers to be aware of what is going on. It is clear that the Bride's mission is still intact as she continues to look for Bill and the remaining membe…

Plot Structure: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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Fig.1 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Movie Poster
Like the Fight Club "review", this isn't like my normally reviews, as it is focusing on the plot structure, specifically.
George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is a master piece in an age where Hollywood is receiving constant criticism for it's lack of fresh film ideas. This reboot/sequel may not have the most complex story, but it is one of the most thrilling and exhilarating films that you are ever likely to watch. Through Miller's incredible use of shots, and primary use of practical effects, it will keep your blood pumping throughout. 
Act 1 -Beginning:
The film takes no time to get right into the action. After a brief piece of dialogue from our main protagonist of Max Rockatansky (Played by Tom Hardy), we find the hero trying to escape the clutches of the Wasteland's inhabitants. Just from the very early scenes of the film, we get a clear understanding of the world and how it is run. It is …

The Hero's Journey: Fight Club (1999)

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Fig. 1 Fight Club (1999) Movie poster This is a slightly different review of this film, as I am looking at and identifying the Hero's Journey of the main character, instead of review the film as I normally would. David Fincher'sFight Club (1999). The film itself is quite complex and confusing, and so it doesn't, necessarily, have a main hero character, like Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985). Also, the way it critique's modern day culture (or at least the culture in the late 90s), this film could be beneficial and referred to when writing my postmodernism essay, through the way it mocks the way we live, what we buy and what we eat.
The way I'll show these steps is by writing out the plot in quite some depth and then taking parts out of what I have wrote and then putting the steps in a list
SPOILERS AHEAD!
For the majority of the film, Edward Norton's character does not have a name that we know of. He uses different names when going to AA meeti…

Review: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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Fig.1 The Blair Witch Project (1999) Movie Poster
Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick's The Blair Witch Project (1999) is a chilling pioneer for found footage films. It would be a fair argument that the film is one of the main reasons behind the growth and success in independent films. Unlike the great Horror films, there is no "monster" to be seen, but we sure do believe that there is one. Christy Lemire talks about the film's difference to other horror films in her review by saying that "The thought that Blair Witch Project just might be real makes it much scarier than any of the teen horror flicks that have stumbled along in recent years." - (Lemire, 2013)
Fig.2 Josh Leonard (Left) & Mike Williams (Right)
As the title says, the film is based on three students who are making a project about the Blair Witch. Arguably, it plays out similar to that of Hitchcock film, as it is some time into the film when all the tension is created, so it, there…

Review: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Fig.1 Reservoir Dogs (1992) Movie Poster
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992) is a thrilling film debut for one of today's greatest directors.  David Nusair refers to it being Tarantino's first film by saying that it is "one of the most impressive debut features in cinematic history." - (Nusair, 2014). The dialogue driven story is something we are now accustomed to from Tarantino and gives us a glimpse of what he is capable of. Through dramatic shots and an iconic soundtrack, Reservoir Dogs is a film that you will not forget in a hurry. 
Fig.2 Mr. Pink (Left) and Mr. White (Right)
In a similar sense to Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (1948), the film plays out in one setting, for the most part. The dirty and gloomy interior matches the tone of the film incredibly. It provides the perfect backdrop to some of Tarantino's finest moments in his brilliant career. It is fascinating to see how the characters develop within the walls of the warehouse. Aft…

Review: Jurassic Park (1993)

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Fig.1 Jurassic Park (1993) Movie Poster
Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park (1993) demonstrates Spielberg's talents brilliantly. This thriller and adventure film will suit the whole family, but still has some important messages behind it. Through the magnificent John Williams soundtrack and trademark Spielberg camera angles, it is now one of Hollywood's most well-known and adored films. Olly Richards talks about it's appeal to the family, and especially children, in his review by suggesting that you "Take a child who's never seen it and watch their imagination expand before your eyes." -  (Richards, 2013).
Fig.2 Helicopter ride to Jurassic Park
Despite the obvious threats of the Park's inhabitants, it is essentially a film about family. We see the main character of Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill) struggle through the challenges that the park throws at him, whilst trying to tolerate the children that follow and annoy him. As the film progresses…

Review: Duel (1971)

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Fig.1 Duel (1971) Movie Poster
Steven Spielberg's Duel (1971) is a brilliantly tense film that shifted from television to the big screen. It marks the begin of Spielberg's incredible career and demonstrates his trademark use of soundtrack and camera angles, that we are now accustomed to. The simplicity of the story takes nothing away from the thrill ride that you'll experience. Tom Milne summaries the film by saying that it is "Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse" - (Milne, 2006).
Fig.2 David Mann (Played by Dennis Weaver)
The film's story-line is easy to follow, but Spielberg still manages to keep us on the edge of our seats. As David Mann (played by Dennis Weaver) persistently struggles to escape the clutches of the oil tanker that continues to endanger him, the camera shots and soundtrack become more and more dramatic. It is because of this that we understand how much danger David is in, and he will never escape the oil tanker t…